½ Crown - George II Older bust

Features

Issuer United Kingdom
King George II (1727-1760)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1743-1751
Value ½ Crown = 2 Shillings 6 Pence (⅛)
Currency Pound sterling (1158-1970)
Composition Silver (.925)
Weight 15.05 g
Diameter 34 mm
Thickness 1.9 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 31 December 1969
Number N# 13122
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 584,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 5 more volumes.
Sp# 3694-6
Emma Howard (editor); 2021. Standard Catalogue of British Coins : Coins of England & the United Kingdom Pre-Decimal Issues (56th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom.
And 2 more volumes.

Obverse

Older laureate and draped bust of King George II left, legend around.

Lettering: GEORGIUS·II· DEI·GRATIA·

Translation: George the Second by the Grace of God

Engraver: John Tanner

Reverse

Crowned cruciform shields with central Garter star, divided date above, legend around.

Note: varieties exist (see below)

Lettering: M·B·F·ET H·REX·F·D·B ET·L·D·S·R·I A·T·ET·E·17 46·

Translation: King of Great Britain France and Ireland Defender of the Faith Duke of Brunswick and Luneburg, High Treasurer and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire

Engraver: Johann Ochs

Edge

Regnal year in words

Comments

The standard weight of these coins was 15/31 troy ounce (232.3 grains).

1745-46 LIMA pieces were struck from a large hoard of silver captured from the Spanish by Admiral Anson's squadron operating in the Pacific Ocean. The word "Lima" engraved under the bust is a reference to the fact that the Spanish silver was being shipped from Lima, Peru back to Spain when it was intercepted by Anson.

Obverse and reverse die varieties:

KM#584.1, Sp#3694 (1743-45) roses in angles;
KM#584.3, Sp#3695 (1745 only) LIMA below bust, legend read GEORGIUS;
KM#584.3, Sp#3695A (1746 only) LIMA below bust, legend reads GEORGIVS;
KM#584.2, Sp#3696 (1746-51) plain angles;

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1743  2.0% KM#584.1, Sp#3694
1745  2.0% KM#584.1, Sp#3694
1745 LIMA $ 209 $ 292 33% KM#584.3, Sp#3695
1746  $ 4264 2.0% KM#584.2, Sp#3696
1746 LIMA $ 183 $ 247 $ 471 $ 2493 59% KM#584.3, Sp#3695A; overdate variety exists
1750  6% KM#584.2, Sp#3696
1751  0% KM#584.2, Sp#3696

Values in the table above are expressed in USD. They are based on evaluations by Numista users and sales realized on Internet platforms. They serve as an indication only; they are not intended to be relied upon for buying, selling or exchanging. Numista does not buy or sell coins or banknotes.

Frequencies show the percentage of Numista users who own each year or variety among all the users who own this coin. Since some users own several versions, the sum may be greater than 100%.

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Past sales

Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Price
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)
Heritage Auctions
2021 May 6 - 7 World and Ancient Coins Platinum Night Auction - Dallas 3091
Lot 32510
Internet Archive
May 6, 2021 1743 – KM#584.1, Sp#3694 UNC
(PCGS MS62)
USD 2280.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)
Heritage Auctions
World Coin Selections from the Morris Collection Monthly Online Auction 271928
Lot 37300
Internet Archive
Jul 28, 2019 1743 – KM#584.1, Sp#3694 VF
(NGC VF25)
USD 228.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Weekly Online Auction 232048
Lot 64401
Internet Archive
Nov 25, 2020 1745 – KM#584.1, Sp#3694 USD 408.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Select Auction 232128
Lot 63472
Internet Archive
Jul 14, 2021 1745 LIMA – KM#584.3, Sp#3695 AU
(NGC AU Details (Surface Hairlines))
USD 750.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Select Auction 232131
Lot 61499
Internet Archive
Aug 4, 2021 1745 LIMA – KM#584.3, Sp#3695 XF
(PCGS XF40)
USD 360.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Weekly Online Auction 232047
Lot 63409
Internet Archive
Nov 18, 2020 1745 LIMA – KM#584.3, Sp#3695 XF
(NGC XF45)
USD 312.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)
Heritage Auctions
Thursday World & Ancient Coins Weekly Online Auction 232009
Lot 64311
Internet Archive
Feb 27, 2020 1745 LIMA – KM#584.3, Sp#3695 XF
(PCGS XF45)
USD 192.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)
Heritage Auctions
2022 January 30 The Long Island Collection of European Coins Showcase Auction 61255
Lot 97248
Internet Archive
Jan 30, 2022 1745 LIMA – KM#584.3, Sp#3695 VF
(NGC VF Details (Cleaned))
USD 234.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Select Auction 232136
Lot 62471
Internet Archive
Sep 8, 2021 1745 LIMA – KM#584.3, Sp#3695 VF
(NGC VF35)
USD 216.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Crown - George II (Older bust)
Heritage Auctions
2022 January 10 NYINC World Coins Platinum Night Auction - New York 3097
Lot 30238
Internet Archive
Jan 10, 2022 1746 – KM#584.2, Sp#3696 UNC
(NGC PR66)
USD 14 400.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
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